A talk by Michael Blaker in The Wellington Room of The Falstaff Hotel
Michael Blaker, born 1928, is a writer and artist specialising in etching. He was for ten years editor/designer of the Printmakers Journal, the annual magazine of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, of which he is a Hon. Retired Senior Fellow (RE). He has contributed many articles to Printmaking Today, of which he is an Editorial Consultant. He has also written extensively for the Artist Magazine, Leisure Painter and Pictures and Prints.
In his talk ‘Every Picture tells a Story’ Michael Blaker takes us on a tour of his subject pictures, from images of his maternal family’s Swiss farming background to his experiences as an art gallery owner in the early Fifties in London. Religious themes used in a personal way, and pictures of post war austerity are also illustrated. Apart from these more searing subjects, Blaker has spent a lifetime in etching and painting scenes from the continent, and particularly seaside and marine subjects, both in his home town of Brighton and Hove, and in his thirty year sojourn in Ramsgate. Broadstairs beach in high summer has always fascinated him and of course the fishing boats and visiting topsail schooners in Ramsgate Harbour. In the accompanying exhibition which continues for the full week of the Festival in the Wellington Room of The Falstaff Hotel you can see many of his best studies in his favourite medium of etching, and also some oil and watercolour coastal scenes that express the weather of particular days out painting.
Part of the Ramsgate Reflections series of heritage talks